The Two Seasons of Westglow

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Yes, we know there are technically four seasons to a year in the High Country. However, there are two distinct travel seasons at Westglow and the rest of the North Carolina Mountains. Commonly referred to as High and Low Season, they indicate the amount of travelers to our area at any given point in the year.

Now, we’re here to debunk a myth: High and Low Season do not imply there’s a better, or “higher,” season to travel. It’s all a matter of perspective and we’d like to explain.

High Season typically runs from May through the end of October. These months are filled with sunshine, pleasing temperatures, and an abundance of activity. Outdoor concerts, farmers markets, music festivals, and horse shows take up almost every weekend during High Season and the days in between are filled with shopping, hiking, and dining al fresco. Westglow is a hub of activity and the perfect place to balance warm weather fun with vacation relaxation.

Low Season is the period between the 1st of November and the end of April. While the weather may be notable colder this time of year, these months are the perfect time to “do as the Romans do.” Blowing Rock’s population dwindles down to its year-round residents and locals are happy to share their town secrets with travelers who enjoy smaller crowds, cooler weather, and winter wonderlands. We have never ending suggestions of winter and early spring activities; the result of spending years capitalizing on this relaxing time. Westglow in the Low Season truly embodies the isolated, escape from the outside world feeling that only a vacation in the Appalachian Mountains can offer.

In short, while there are two distinct travel seasons in this region, Westglow never loses its charm, comfort, and appeal. The landscape just changes slightly.

Fall & Winter Newsletter

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It’s newsletter time again at Westglow! Each edition is a beautiful summation of all the property happenings and this issue is no exception. We have a new menu, new spa services, exciting plans for the holidays, and so much more.

Autumn is in full swing here and the famed color change is reaching its peak this weekend. Westglow has taken every step to celebrate the season and we are now offering luxurious pumpkin services at our spa, an indulgent dinner menu premiering next week, and a traditional Thanksgiving buffet sure to please every family. Visit the links to learn more!

Moving forward, holiday planning time is here. We will decorate for the holidays shortly after Thanksgiving and now is the time to plan your holiday event. Our dining and event spaces cater to family, friend, and business retreats of all sizes. Call our Event Coordinator at 828-295-4463 for more information!

Keep a close eye out for our holiday gift certificate specials! The most wonderful sale of the year will begin towards the end of November so make sure that a gift from Westglow is on your holiday shopping list. Finally, our New Year’s Eve menu will debut in early December. Make plans to celebrate the New Year in style at Rowland’s Restaurant.

Click here to view the full newsletter!

Menu Tasting

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It’s almost newsletter time at Westglow! But, before we can unveil all the new happenings around the property, there are several behind the scenes details that must be completed.

One of the more exciting details is the upcoming fall and winter menu and we just finished the tasting process. A new menu release is always preceded by a three-night menu tasting that grades each new dish by presentation, taste, and composition. Tastings are a chance for the chefs at Rowland’s Restaurant to show off their creativity and convey their seasonal inspirations. The autumn menus will highlight seasonal comfort food. Fall and winter are known for their hearty dishes and Rowland’s has brought a lot of that flavor to the table for this new menu.

We would personally suggest the Taleggio Bisque, Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Hump Mountain Trout, and Pumpkin Beggar’s Purses as an excellent introduction to the new menu. The trout entrée is locally sourced and its prosciutto wrap adds a hearty, seasonal flavor. With thyme ice cream and candied thyme, the Pumpkin Beggar’s Purses are a quintessential autumn dessert. Finally, the Taleggio Bisque might just end up on our recipes page. The new menu will be released Monday October, 24th and we hope to see you dining at Rowland’s soon!

Click here to view our current menu and call 828-295-5141 to make your reservations.

Sunrise at Westglow

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Every morning marks a familiar pace at Westglow. No two sunrises or days are the same here, but there are similarities that have become property traditions. Westglow lives by a code of appreciating the smaller, more indulgent, things in life and that practice begins the moment the sun begins to rise.

Sunrise itself is when the “glow” of the day begins. Elliot Daingerfield purchased Westglow’s land for its remarkable lighting and every morning is a tribute to his vision of the property. Time slows down for a moment as the sun rises over John’s River Gorge. Pink, orange, and yellow light spills onto the mountain tops as the sky turns a light shade of blue. It’s one of the more inspirational times of day here and we hope you’ll stop for a moment and enjoy the splendor during your next visit.

Check out some pictures of this gorgeous time of day above! Click here to view our overnight accommodations and begin planning your next vacation in the glowing Carolina Mountains.

Pumpkin Inspired Spa Services

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Fall is here and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love this season. The transition from heat and humidity to cool and crisp weather is a welcome change and draws many of us outdoors to bask in the season’s full autumn splendor. However, that change can wreak havoc on our skin.

Luckily, Westglow has introduced some new fall services that promise to save us from the season’s drying and irritating effects. As an added bonus, they’re all pumpkin themed! Pumpkin is an up-and-coming skincare ingredient as it is rich in enzymes that help dissolve dry skin cells. Obviously, there is no ingredient more seasonally appropriate.

Our Pumpkin Spice Pedicure is an assured way to rescue anyone who may suffer from dry or cracked feet. First, a pumpkin fizzy bomb foot bath softens and moisturizes feet, while the following hydrating sugar scrubs helps nourish healthy skin and scrub away dry skin cells. Finally, pumpkin soufflé body butter gives skin a protecting and hydrating boost.

The Pumpkin Exfoliating Peel is a softening treatment that eliminates impurities by removing dead skin cells. Combining pure whipped pumpkin, pineapple extract, honey, and green tea, this treatment is the last word in seasonal and nourishing skincare.

Finally, our Pumpkin Collagen Mask is a fall twist on a classic mask. Our collagen treatments have become a staple at Westglow and this pumpkin addition is a fun bonus for anyone looking to get their autumn fix! The mask is high in antioxidants and nutrients that are perfect for all skin types.

We hope we’ll see you enjoying everything the season has to offer at Westglow soon! Click here to learn more.

Blue Skies, Orange Pumpkins, Red Leaves, and Yellow Mums

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Fall officially began yesterday and today’s weather could not be more fitting. Bright blue skies and 75 degree weather are dominant over a landscape of yellow mums and changing leaves. Westglow is moving through its own seasonal transition and we’re excited to settle down into the glory of autumn.
Our summer flowers were fantastic this past season. The Westglow flowerbeds have been bursting with bright colors and lighter pastels for several months now, but next week we’ll move on to the rich jewel tones of mums and pansies. Dark reds, plums, and yellows will welcome guests at our entrance, follow them alongside our driveway, and welcome them at our doors.
And of course, fall would not be fall without the ever-popular pumpkin. This seasonal mascot will be scattered throughout the property and may even make its way into our spa services and upcoming fall menu. Stay tuned! No one does autumn quite like Westglow and we have quite a few surprises up our sleeves.

Floyd Wedding: A Westglow Family Event

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Westglow weddings are always magical. Few things compare to saying wedding vows overlooking sweeping views of John’s River Gorge or Grandfather Mountain, but every now and then a wedding comes along that means a little bit more to our property.

Westglow’s Graphic Designer Josh Floyd married his longtime sweetheart last Sunday on our Courtyard. Anna Jaquays, now Floyd, grew up around Westglow. Her first job was working as a receptionist in Westglow’s salon. Being Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer’s niece, Anna sees the property as being an extension of her home and the staff here as part of her family.

Married six years from the day they started dating, Anna and Josh knew the beginning of September would be an ideal time for an outdoor mountain wedding. The weather on the 4th didn’t disappoint, the couple was graced with sunny, 75 degree weather for their big day. Family and friends gathered under an expansive tent to celebrate Anna and Josh’s love and everything the perfect day had to offer.

Because the couple holds Westglow so close to their hearts, the entire property was swept away in the excitement of the wedding. Some of us were able to attend the lavish reception and ceremony, while others, such as Event Coordinator Jennifer Williams and Restaurant Manager Gary Brown, poured their hearts into planning and executing the event to perfection.

Truly, every wedding at Westglow receives absolute attention to detail and commitment. However, Anna and Josh helped remind the entire property of the elegance and excitement behind Westglow events. It is rare that our staff gets the opportunity to see our amazing property from the perspective of a guest. So, in addition to everything else, the day reminded us all of Westglow’s timeless appeal.

The wedding featured a variety of local vendors including flowers by Fuschia Moss, Hallmark Cakes, and Fletcher & Fletcher Photography. The pictures above are from Fletcher and Fletcher! Click here to visit their website and view contact information.

Click here to view more information about Westglow weddings.

Wildlife at Westglow

 

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One of the many benefits of being situated in the North Carolina mountains is that we share our property with an abundance of furry friends. We’ve grown so accustomed to seeing our neighborhood deer, turkeys, and even bear we forget that not everyone spends their day to day so close to wildlife and nature. So, we want to take the time to introduce our guests to some of our favorite neighbors.

The end of the season has welcomed the emergence of a new buck around the property. Female deer, or doe, and their babies are regularly seen around Westglow, but their male counterparts are more scarce. Last fall two large bucks roamed near and on Westglow’s property and the new addition seems as solitary as his counterparts. Oftentimes, doe can be seen grazing and traveling in groups, but the bucks in the area graze and wander Westglow’s acres alone.

Turkeys love to explore Westglow’s grounds, especially the areas around the Life Enrichment Center. Staff members at the Life Enrichment Center have a few feeders placed in nearby wooded areas to help feed the neighborhood chipmunks and birds, and turkey enjoy passing through to eat seeds that have fallen to the ground. They’ll happily tolerate a passerby as long as he maintains an appropriate distance. Otherwise, they will quickly run away until it’s safe to return!

Black bear inhabit the Pisgah National Forest that borders Westglow’s property. It is not uncommon for us to hear stories of bear tracks and sightings from Blowing Rock and the surrounding areas, but this year is the first in many that we’ve had a bear include Westglow in her territory. She’s been spotted on property a handful of times and from what we can tell is very content to keep her distance. She’s beginning her preparation for hibernation and when we do see her she’s preoccupied foraging for berries, nuts, and other food. We’re happy to make a little noise to let her know there are humans around, she then quickly travels elsewhere to forage, and only returns once activity around Westglow has quieted.

We hope to see you soon! Fall and the weeks before are a fantastic time to witness wildlife in the area and are a potential extra bonus to beautiful fall hikes and outdoor activities. Click here to view our Lodge at Westglow accommodations that are nestled in the woods on Westglow’s property.

Westglow’s Guide to Preparing for Fall

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We’ve noticed a morning chill in the air and leaves are slowly starting to change their hues. While days still climb to balmy highs and those of us living off the mountain are dwelling in sweltering heat, the calendar and nighttime lows do not lie. Fall is coming.
Many of us thrive in sweater weather and pumpkin season. It’s hard not to love such a brilliant array of colors, sunshine, and fun loving activities. However, before you jump into tailgating, apple orchards, and harvesting take some time for a seasonal wellbeing checklist.

1. Win the Battle Against Allergies: Detoxification Body Wrap and Lymphatic Stimulation Massage
Seasonal allergies can easily spoil what would otherwise be a perfect time of year. Few things ruin a hay ride or trip to a county fair faster than constant sneezing and congestion. Westglow’s Detoxification Body Wrap and Lymphatic Stimulation Massage is a natural and relaxing way to help boost the immune system and rid the body of toxins, which in turn will help ease the burden of fall allergies. Click here to learn more about this two hour spa service.

2. Nourish Your Skin with a Hydrating Moisturizer
Fall brings crisp air, less humidity, and stronger breezes. While the weather trend is popular for many people, it can be drying and harsh for our skin. We suggest trading your summertime moisturizer for a richer, fall option. Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream Light is a great moisturizing, protecting, and transitional product for the months between summer and winter. It’s readily available in our retail shop and used in many of our facial services as a calming and hydrating moisturizer.

3. Enjoy the Sunshine While it Lasts
Daylight Savings Time ends in almost two months. Leading up to November 6th there are weeks of sunshine and abundant fall foliage. We encourage our guests to make the most of the changing seasons by beginning each day of their visit with our guided hikes. The days are getting shorter and sunshine cannot be underrated as a tool to help improve our moods and emotional outlook, so make the most of sun-filled days while they’re still around.

Sommelier’s August Wine Pick

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For those adventurous enough to try something outside of a glass of Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay, we suggest Falanghina!

As one of Italy’s great unsung white wines, it’s a brilliant all-rounder, with plenty of citrus fruit, faint notes of apple and pear, and the merest hint of nutty complexity. The balance of crispness and texture means this wine accompanies a huge range of foods, from roasted vegetables to fish and poultry.

Cantina del Taburno is owned by the agricultural Consortium of Benevento. The Consortium was established in 1901 and it had an extremely important role in the development of agriculture in the Sannio area. The winery was built in 1972 in the township of Foglianise and it is a point of reference for viticulture, due to its production philosophy and for its positive impact on the economy.

“I think my wine theme for the summer is going to be the unknown whites of the world. I find Falaghino to be fruity, reminiscent of pineapple and of ripe pear, with a touch of nuttiness you might find in a great Burgundy. My favorite pairing with this wine has been a duck and pear salad with a mango chutney. I definitely suggest two bottles, as the first one goes rather quickly!”- Gary E. Brown, CS – Restaurant Manager

Click here to view our wines by the glass list and stay tuned for fall changes!